Mile Zero Judo Club brought 26 athletes down the 97 for the Prince George Open.
“Total of 153 competitors this weekend and mostly little kids. This a development tournament for us and a great way for kids to get introduced to competition,” said Sensei Isabelle Gelinas.
Many achieved medals.
In U16, Davis Schulz earned gold and Millar Sprinkle earned silver in 73 kg men, Julian Ritson took gold in 66 kg men, while Seve Avey took gold in 55 kg men. For U14, Wyatt Bondaroff earned gold in 50 kg men, Daniel Galleno took gold and Flynn Smith took silver in 46 kg, and Gavin Pohl had bronze in 38 kg.
In the U8, U10, and U12 divisions, everyone received a participation medal.
Oskar Judge-Dokken, Dax Norman and Gavin Pohl competed in U12 boys; Brook DeVuyst and Austin Godfrey in U12 girls; Elliott DeVuyst, Gabriel Banks, Julian Henry, Liam Steveson, Bodhi Griffith-Royer and Jaxon Funk in U10 boys; Kristian Godfrey in U8 boys; and Rylee Godfrey and Emilyn Pohl in U8 girls.
The Judo athletes also got to train with Olympic silver medalist Yuki Yokosawa (Athens 2004) on the Sunday.
“Everyone had a great time and we all brought home new experience and things to work on,” said Gelinas.
Gelinas is heading to Canmore for a spring camp this weekend with athletes Seve Avey, Sienna McCorkell, Flynn Smith, and Julian Ritson. The camp is the final requirement for Judo nationals from May 15 to 19. They are also hosting a hosting a home tournament, Battle in the Peace, on May 4.